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Look: Christie Brinkley announces skin cancer diagnosis

Christie Brinkley said she had basal cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer, removed from her face. File Photo by Andrea Hanks/UPI
Christie Brinkley said she had basal cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer, removed from her face. File Photo by Andrea Hanks/UPI

March 14 (UPI) -- Christie Brinkley is going public with her skin cancer diagnosis.

The 70-year-old model and actress said Wednesday that she had basal cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer, removed from her face.

Brinkley shared the news on Instagram alongside photos that showed her with bandages on the side of her face.

"The good news for me is we caught the basal cell carcinoma early. And I had great doctors that removed the cancer and stitched me up to perfection like an haute couture Dior," the star wrote.

"The good news for you is that all of this can be avoided by being diligent with your sun protection!" she said. "I got serious a bit late so now for this ole mermaid/gardener, I'll be slathering on my SPF 30, reapplying as needed, wearing long sleeves and a wide brim hat. And doing regular total body check ups..that is a MUST!"

Christie Brinkley attends the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue launch in 2018. File Photo by Gary I Rothstein/UPI
Christie Brinkley attends the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue launch in 2018. File Photo by Gary I Rothstein/UPI

Brinkley said she was "lucky" to find the cancer while accompanying one of her daughters to their checkup. She asked if the doctor could check "a little tiny dot" she could feel while applying foundation of her face.

"He took a look and knew immediately it needed a biopsy! He did it then and there!" she said. "So make your own good luck by making that check up appointment today. And slather up my friends!"

Christie Brinkley (R) and her son, Jack Brinkley Cook, attend the U.S. Open tennis championships in Flushing, N.Y., 2022. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI.
Christie Brinkley (R) and her son, Jack Brinkley Cook, attend the U.S. Open tennis championships in Flushing, N.Y., 2022. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI.

Brinkley has two daughters, singer Alexa Ray Joel with Billy Joel and model Sailor Brinkley Cook with Peter Cook, and a son, Jack Brinkley Cook, with Richard Taubman.